Dark Times Filled with Light As Juan Gelman s name begins appearing with regularity on lists predicting Nobel Laureate deserving poets his work has also begun to appear in English But only now are the most stunning translations

  • Title: Dark Times Filled with Light
  • Author: Juan Gelman Hardie St. Martin
  • ISBN: 9781934824689
  • Page: 488
  • Format: Paperback
  • As Juan Gelman s name begins appearing with regularity on lists predicting Nobel Laureate deserving poets, his work has also begun to appear in English But only now are the most stunning translations of Gelman s poetry being published, and in one substantial volume Dark Times Filled with Light traces the evolution of a gifted lyrical poet s encounter with the political,As Juan Gelman s name begins appearing with regularity on lists predicting Nobel Laureate deserving poets, his work has also begun to appear in English But only now are the most stunning translations of Gelman s poetry being published, and in one substantial volume Dark Times Filled with Light traces the evolution of a gifted lyrical poet s encounter with the political, when the poet s son and daughter in law become disappeared by the Argentinian government, and the poet must write from both a literal and metaphysical exile.In this posthumously realized labor of love by the legendary translator Hardie St Martin, Gelman s staggering biography, and the poetics he developed to articulate and survive it, are unforgettably translated into beautiful and accessible poems that, taken together, weave a fragile but healing transformation There are losses, says Gelman in a moving understatement The important thing is how returning to them transforms them into something new Perhaps the most admirable element of Gelman s poetry is the unthinkable tenderness he show calling upon so many shadows for one voice to lull and comfort, a permanent caress of words on unknown tombs Julio Cort zar Gelman s poetry is epic in its scope no corner of life geos unnoticed in this work Rendered in a breathless style, this is the diary of a human heart in a rough world where artistry is the first salvation Oscar Hijuelos

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      Juan Gelman is one of the most read and influential poets in the Spanish language He has published than twenty books of poetry since 1956 and has been translated into fourteen languages A political activist and critical journalist since his youth, Gelman has not only been a literary paradigm but also a moral one, within and outside of Argentina Among his most recent awards are the National Poetry Prize Argentina, 1997 , the Juan Rulfo Prize in Latin American and Caribbean Literature Mexico, 2000 , the Pablo Neruda Prize Chile, 2005 , the Queen Sofia Prize in Ibero American Poetry Spain, 2005 , and the Cervantes Prize the most important award given to a Hispanic writer, Spain, 2007.Long biographical noteJuan Gelman is the most significant, contemporary Argentine intellectual figure and one of the most read and influential poets in the Spanish language Son of a family of Jewish immigrants from the Ukraine, he grew up like any other porte o, among soccer and tango, in the populous neighborhood of Villa Crespo At 11, he published his first poem in the magazine Rojo y negro, and in the 1950s formed part of the group of rebel writers, El Pan Duro He was discovered by Ra l Gonz lez T n, among the most relevant voices of the southern country s poetic avant garde, who saw in the young man s verses a rich and vivacious lyricism and a principally social content that does not elude the richness of fantasy Gelman has published, from his initial Viol n y otras cuestiones 1956 to his most recent Mundar 2008 , than twenty books of poetry These works, as Mario Benedetti asserted early on, constitute the most coherent, and also the most daring, participatory repertoire in spite of its inevitable wells of solitude , and ultimately the one most suited to its environment, that Argentine poetry has today , and Hispanic poetry in general, as the profusion of re editions of his books and numerous anthologies proves Gelman s poetry has achieved international recognition, with translations into fourteen languages, including English Among his awards are the National Poetry Prize Argentina, 1997 , the Juan Rulfo Prize in Latin American and Caribbean Literature Mexico, 2000 , the Pablo Neruda Prize Chile, 2005 , the Queen Sofia Prize in Ibero American Poetry Spain, 2005 , and the Cervantes Prize Spain, 2007 , the most important award in Hispanic Letters No one should be surprised to see him the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature one day.It would be relevant to note that Juan Gelman has not only been a literary paradigm but also a moral one, within and outside of Argentina A political activist and critical journalist since his youth, he was forced into an exile of thirteen years because of the military dictatorship that ravaged his country from 1976 to 1983, and the weak governments that followed In 1976 the ultra right kidnapped his children, Nora Eva, 19, and Marcelo Ariel, 20, along with his son s wife, Mar a Claudia Iruretagoyena, 19, who was 7 months pregnant Nora Eva would later return, unlike his son and daughter in law, who were killed their child born in a concentration camp The vehement search for the truth about the fate of these family members, which culminated in finding his granddaughter in Uruguay in 2000, has made the poet a symbol of the struggle for respect for human rights.Like other poets from his time and space, Juan Gelman creates his work starting from a critique of the so called post avante garde poetry, which surges in the Hispanic world in the 1940s and breaks with the powerful avante garde He is a poet who denies the labors of the Mexican Octavio Paz, the Cuban Jos Lezama Lima, the Argentine Alberto Girri, among others, to reaffirm it in his own way It is a poetry that goes against the current, transgresses the established social and cultural order, challenges the individualism intrinsic to modernity and the neo colonial condition A poetry that renounc



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    1. 'Memory is our graveyard /in it we bury our closest comrades’A good poet captures the whole of life in a few slim lines, but it takes a great poet to entrench themselves in the darkest of truths to bleed beauty into their words. Argentinian poet Juan Gelman, recipient of the Cervantes Prize—the preeminent Spanish literary award given for a lifetime acheivement, is a great poet. Exiled from his home after Argentinian Coup in 1976, Gelman’s work embodies the human spirit in times of strife a [...]

    2. Argentine septuagenarian poet, Juan Gelman, has had a life that would overwhelm most people and leave them in despair. Instead, in the wake of a life fraught with loss (loss of country, loss of his only son [whose tortured body he had to identify] and daughter-in-law ‘disappeared’ during the Argentine “Dirty War,” the loss of a granddaughter probably born in a prison hospital before being given to a pro-government family, the loss of many, too many, compañeros), Juan Gelman writes the m [...]

    3. spanning nearly four decades, dark times filled with light assembles poems from more than two dozen collections of juan gelman's work. the exiled argentine poet is a luminary of latin american letters - now nearing his mid 80s. his experiences fleeing argentina amidst the dirty war and the disappearances shaped much of his post-mid 1970s poetry. earlier poems contrast starkly, informed more by a wonder and marvel of life than the horrors of state violence that were to follow. there is a marked p [...]

    4. Saying that I enjoyed this book is true but also must be expanded upon. Juan Gelman, of Argentina, has been writing poetry for decades and, according to the introduction and back jacket is regularly "on the short list of Nobel Prize candidates" (xi).His early poems were the ones I liked the most and they are small commentaries on life, love, the act of poetry, and the typical mundane aspects of life. His middle and later poems are more focused on the Argentine reign of terror and the "disappeare [...]

    5. DISCLAIMER: I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it. So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. Also, I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly.

    6. It's difficult to reconstruct what happened, the truth in one's memory fights the memory of the truth' from Under Foreign RainArgentinian poet Juan Gelman's work is inextricably intertwined with the politics of the homeland he spent so much of his life in exile from. When the military seized power in 1976, Gelman's son and pregnant daughter-in-law were 'disappeared', that too elegant synonym for murdered while hands bound. The son's remains were only discovered in a concrete drum in 1990; his da [...]

    7. [I won this in a Giveaway]I had no previous knowledge of Juan Gelman before I got this book. The poems are beautiful. Sad and hopeful, evocative and spare They aren't bogged down with flowery, fake language. Gelman (at least via this translation) uses real, every day language to express honest, and true feelings. They're exactly the kind of poems I enjoy reading. Hopefully, I can find more.

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